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ONE Championship’s all-women’s card back on for next month

Michele Nicolini (pictured) will challenge Xiong Jing Nan for the strawweight title.
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ONE Championship has rescheduled its entire “Empower” lineup for September 3 in Singapore, including a title clash featuring Xiong Jing Nan vs. Michelle Nicolini and the atomweight grand prix, the company announced.

The all-women’s card was originally planned for May 28, but was postponed “due to the current COVID-19 situation” in Asia earlier that month.

Jing Nan (15-2) defended her belt this past October versus Tiffany Teo after a failed attempt to capture a second belt in 2019. Nicolini (6-2), one of the greatest jiu-jitsu competitors of all time, defeated Angela Lee in her most recent appearance in July 2019.

The tournament will feature four atomweight matchups and two alternate bouts, Denice Zamboanga vs. Seo Hee Ham, Stamp Fairtex vs. Alyona Rassohyna, Meng Bo vs. Ritu Phogat, and Itsuki Hirata vs. Alyse Anderson. The tournament winner will earn a crack at ONE atomweight queen Angela Lee.

Check the complete ONE Championship: Empower lineup below.

Xiong Jing Nan vs. Michelle Nicolini
Denice Zamboanga vs. Seo Hee Ham
Stamp Fairtex vs. Alyona Rassohyna
Meng Bo vs. Ritu Phogat
Itsuki Hirata vs. Alyse Anderson
Anissa Meksen vs. Cristina Morales [kickboxing]
Jackie Buntan vs. Daniela Lopez [muay thai]
Mei Yamaguchi vs. Julie Mezabarba [grand prix alternate]
Bi Nguyen/Jenelyn Olsim vs. Grace Cleveland [grand prix alternate]

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